Our mission depends on it.
Our mission is to advance parks, recreation and environmental conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all people.
We estimate that as many as 100 million people — 30 percent of the U.S. population — lack access to the lifesaving and lifeenhancing benefits parks and recreation provides.We cannot rest until we close the gap.
Our vision inspires it.
We seek a future where the full power of parks and recreation is widely recognized for creatinga better life for everyone通過構建strong, healthy and resilient communities. We know that not everyone has access to that better life. We recognize the challenges we face, and these challenges strengthen our resolve.Read our public statement here.
- 在美國，色彩，低收入社區和土著人口的人been disproportionately exposed to environmental conditionsthat can harm their health. Across the country, race is the most significant predictor of a person living near contaminated air, water or soil.
- 根據這一點景觀與城市規劃journal, among others, many communities of color and other marginalized groups, such as LGBTQ+, immigrants, people with low income and people with disabilities, lack the opportunity to experience and engage in high-quality parks and recreation — because these resources literally do not exist near them, or, if they do, they are not safe, welcoming nor inclusive.
- According to一項研究與主要的白色和高收入社區相比，非白和低收入社區在其社區中有一個休閑設施的可能性較小程度不大。
We are striving for a future whereeveryone has fair and just accessto quality parks and recreation. To build this future, we are focused on four key areas.
- 我們承認過去，並認識到全國性的不公平，在全國各地的社區創造了非常不同的生活經驗，並從過去學習。Visit our story map here.
- We are strengthening our organizational culture and practices centered around equity and our core values of trust, continuous learning, diversity and inclusion. Read more about our values andaction plan.
- We are actively building up equity-centered outcomes while working to dismantle the barriers to equity. Read more about our work and resources below.
Because we are parks and recreation, committing to equity and striving for an equitable world also means approaching this work with喜悅,celebrationand a hunger for學習.
We invite all of our friends and allies to join us on this learning journey and on this road to achieving訪問全部to the incredible benefits of parks and recreation.
The future we envision is a truly beautiful one, with quality parks and recreation embedded inevery community for everyone.
Equity in Parks and Recreation
Equity is central to all of NRPA’s work as an organization. Below are few examples of where we have centered equity to support park and recreation professionals in their work to create fair and just park and recreation systems.
NRPA's Equity Action Plan provides a framework for how we are strengthening our organizational culture and practices centered around equity and our core values of trust, continuous learning, diversity and inclusion.
NRPA works to ensure that all people have access to the benefits of local parks and recreation. To achieve this, NRPA has made a formal commitment to the Partnership for Inclusive Health’s Commit to Inclusion initiative.
Parks Build Community is a national initiative demonstrating the transformative value of parks on the health and vitality of communities across America. Each year, NRPA conducts a complete park makeover in partnership with park equipment manufacturers and community organizations within the city hosting the NRPA Annual Conference.
Learn more about NRPA's other initiativesaimed at improving access to parks and recreation for all people.
Every day, in communities across the country, the people of parks and recreation are making their communities better places to live, work and play. We are building a nation-wide movement of support for their critical work and want you to join us.
A system-wide park master plan is a tool that can help us understand the history and current barriers to park access and set a vision and plan to remove these inequities and ensure parks and open space are providing the most benefit to communities.
NRPA, in partnership with the Willamette Partnership, developed a suite of resources for park and recreation professionals and partners to address the inequitable climate-related health impacts and advocate for solutions.
Local park and recreation agencies work diligently to ensure all people have access to and feel welcome in the places, programs and facilities that make their lives and communities great. Equitable and inclusive community engagement is central to this vision and is fundamental to establishing quality parks that meet the needs of all people.
Local park and recreation agencies provide ample opportunities for youth to build positive social connections. Through Mentoring in Parks and Rec, NRPA supports agencies in their efforts to build effective and evidence-based mentorship programs that connect youth with caring and compassionate mentors while strengthening connections across community.
Coming Soon — NRPA is currently developing this new resource:
Park Access Resource
The Park Access Resource assists park and recreation professionals in exploring personal and community history. The resource helps those in the field to better understand the root causes of inequities and guide professionals toward intentional action in addressing inequities in park access.
Coming in summer 2021.